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KTM unveiled a new electric scooter concept at the 2013 Tokyo Motorcycle Show called the E-Speed. The E-Speed is the second electric model from KTM, following the Freeride E dirtbike.

The E-Speed actually shares the same electric battery and motor technology as the Freeride E, but repurposed for urban mobility. The E-Speed’s motor isn’t as powerful as the Freeride E’s however, with KTM claiming 14.8 hp and 26.6 ft-lb. compared to 29.5 hp and 30.9 ft-lb. for the Freedom E.

According to KTM, the E-Scooter weighs 309 pounds and has a top speed of 85 kph (53 mph). The E-Speed’s lithium ion battery has a capacity of 4.36 kWh which KTM claims offers a range of 40 miles can be fully charged within two hours from a normal household power outlet.

“We at KTM are completely convinced of electric mobility as a perfect complement to conventional powertrains,” says Stefan Pierer, chief executive officer of KTM. “In the long term, the electric drive will come out on top for short distances – particularly in areas which are highly sensitive from an environmental perspective, like open nature and densely populated metropolitan areas! Vehicles like the ‘E-Speed’ and Freeride E can help powered two-wheelers win back more acceptance in society. Not just because of their environmental credits, but because they are easy to use, quick, and simply great fun.”

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The Austrian manufacturer gave the E-Speed a design that carries some traditional scooter styling cues but the overall look is very much KTM. Instead of a Vespa-style full front shield, the E-Speed has two small polymer air deflectors that hint at the shape of a shield but exposes the unique WP suspension design.

Instead of a fork or a linked suspension system mounted near the hub, the E-Speed has a single piston with a linkage to the right side of the front wheel. The rear suspension is a more conventional swingarm with a linked WP shock.

The KTM E-Speed is equipped with ABS brakes with 220mm discs, while regenerative braking recoups some of the energy to charge the battery.

The chassis uses a hybrid steel trellis frame with a separate subframe for the front suspension. The battery is housed in an aluminum casing which acts as a load-bearing part of the chassis. The slender seat is mounted on a completely polymer support.

[Source: KTM; Photos by Schedl R.]